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Accident Victims Dying At Clinic Doors For Lack Of Police Reports By Saidat Akanbi

mar, 2019-12-03 10:59


 

What does one do when institutions entrusted with our very lives betray that trust in one's most vulnerable moment?

Few months ago in Lagos, a young lady, Ruth, was run into by a speeding car. She was rushed to the nearest hospital with hopes that she would be saved. That hospital turned her down, not because she was dead already, but because she didn't have a police report. The good Samaritans pleaded to no avail, the hospital wouldn't take her. The young lady died before she could make it to another hospital.

For many people like me, it is difficult to draw the link between police reports and accident victims. Why should a police report be needed before an accident victim would seek care? On the other hand, the requirement of police reports before gunshot victims can access healthcare is more popular, though wrongfully so. Is it ethically right to allow a man die for mere lack of a police report? Should hospitals not accept and treat every patient in need? Treat, save a life first and ask questions later? Even a criminal’s life is worth saving, if not for anything but the wealth of intelligence it holds.

In 2017, Nigeria took a bold step to introduce the National Gunshot Act which was set to turn things around. The Act stipulates compulsory treatment and care of gunshot victims, regardless of money and police report. Unfortunately, two years after many hospitals, particularly private clinics still reject such victims. In fact, the police report prerequisite seems to have extended to victims of road traffic accidents.

It is easy to surmise that clinic owners and health care workers are callous and inhumane, or why else would they turn victims away? A reactionary measure that many people have suggested is for healthcare regulatory agencies to come forth and enforce punitive measures against such hospitals that are apparently flouting a national policy. In my opinion, that would be superficial and ineffective. If the country is truly willing to solve this problem, a thorough root cause analysis is necessary to understand prevailing circumstances and proffer practical solutions.

In an emergency, the first responsibility of any healthcare worker is to save a life. Even without a national policy to #TreatFirstQuestionsLater, the natural reaction of any healthcare worker is expected to be to save the patient. And that is what many clinics do. But they have landed in trouble many times for doing so. Police officers are known to visit such clinics, harass, extort and sometimes arrest the clinic staff. Hence, clinic managers appear to have set an unwritten counter-policy against receiving such victims that may cause police hassles. Every staff on duty tries to protect her job and means of livelihood by making sure not to admit such victims.

That is not the only scenario where clinics and their staff face harassments. They face threats and violence from ruffians too. If a ruffian who suffered injury during a gang fight dies in a clinic, other members of his gang may decide to rough-handle the staff. If a popular person dies in your clinic, you may be in trouble. Some years back, when an Ibadan political celebrity died in the Accidents and Emergency room of the University College Hospital, healthcare workers had to hurriedly remove wardcoats and uniforms because his thugs became violent against anyone they recognised as such. In fact, there are several reported instances of clinics facing near demolitions and property destruction from ruffians.

Beyond police reports, the Act stipulates treating victims 'regardless of money'. Clinic owners and healthcare workers have often wondered how practicable this is especially in Nigeria where there is very little health insurance coverage. The recurrent question is: if I treat such patients, who will pay the bills? While many of them take the risk to nevertheless accept and treat such patients, others bitterly recount instances where such patients and their relatives refuse to pay (or have difficulties paying) when the patient became stable.

While all these may sound exonerative, they are in no way justifications for a victim to not be able to access care when they need it, especially in their most vulnerable period. That hospital betrayed Ruth. The healthcare system, Police Force and Nigeria betrayed Ruth. And no one is safe, until every one is safe.

Few weeks after Ruth's case in Lagos, Jemima died after being turned down for lack of police report by a hospital in Jos. Through November, a #TreatFirstQuestionsLater campaign was launched (initiated by Caleb Somtochukwu), and a petition signed by thousands of Nigerians. That petition has now been forwarded to the National Assembly.

In a few days, the world will celebrate the Universal Health Coverage Day. But only when everyone is truly able to access quality care, every time they need it, can Nigeria boast of Universal Health Coverage. It is not about what exists in policy documents, it’s about what we do every time to everyone, anyone, irrespective of how they come.

It is important that all stakeholders are made aware of on-ground realities, understand root causes, and reach practical agreement for a standard operating procedure that would truly give access to victims and patients in their moment of dire need.

To mark the upcoming Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12, a non-profit initiative, Afara 360 is holding a first-of-its kind roundtable event that will bring together high-level stakeholders and influencers from healthcare, government, Police Force, health law, and the media, as well as victims' relatives to decisively deliberate on the steps for actual implementation of the written policy document. Event details and registration: https://tinyurl.com/afara360-roundtable1

Dr Saidat Akanbi is a public health physician and global health scholar

 

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Ikoyi Prison Electrocution Caused By Overcrowded Cell —CG

mar, 2019-12-03 02:34


 

Controller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has said that the cell in which some inmates got electrocuted at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre on Monday morning was caused by overcrowding. 

According to him, the facility had a capacity of 35 but accommodated 140 persons.

Apart from those killed in the incident, at least 10 others sustained injuries.

In a statement, Francis Enobore, spokesperson for the service, quoted Ahmed as describing the incident as “tragic and most ill-fated”.

He said, “Early this morning, the Controller-General of Corrections, Ja’afaru Ahmed, received with the deepest grief, the unfortunate death of five inmates of Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Centre, Lagos, as a result of an electrical fault in one of the cells. This is indeed tragic and most ill-fated.

“The CG, who visited the scene of the incident with the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, noted that it was the  wrong time in the history of the NCoS to experience such a disaster. 

"He, therefore ordered an immediate investigation into the sad incident with a view to taking necessary actions in order to forestall future occurrence." 

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Doctors Reject Minimum Wage In Lagos

mar, 2019-12-03 02:02


 

Doctors in Lagos State under the aegis of Medical Guild have rejected the new minimum wage paid to workers by the state government, saying it was below the expectations of civil servants, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Chairman of the Guild, Dr Babajide Saheed, made the doctors’ decision known on Monday in Lagos.

Saheed said that not only was the new minimum wage unacceptable, the Guild was not part of the negotiations communicated to government, adding that it was still awaiting response.

He said, “You cannot be talking about our salary when we are not there; and when workers started receiving their salaries over the weekend, they were disappointed and unhappy.

“Not only the doctors, generally all the civil servants because the increment was unimaginable and short of expectations.

“The problem we have identified is high taxation.

“No matter the amount of increment in the minimum wage, which makes the gross high, the take home after tax reductions is peanuts.

“Government should look at that issue and let workers have the benefits of the new minimum wage, and we hope that the state government will listen.”

Saheed called for the exemption of tax on call duty paid to doctors, saying it would lighten the tax burden on members of the Guild.

Meanwhile, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs Department, Lagos State Ministry of Health, when contacted said that he could not respond to the guild’s rejection of the new minimum wage.

 

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Joshua Under Pressure Ahead Of Rematch –Ruiz

mar, 2019-12-03 01:27


 

Heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, on Monday said that all the pressure will be on Anthony Joshua when they meet in the rematch of their fight in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

Ruiz, who was born in the United States but fights as a Mexican, caused one of boxing’s biggest upsets in New York in June when he handed Joshua a first defeat to win the WBA, IBF and WBO crowns in New York, according to the AFP.

The pair will fight the rematch on Saturday in Diriyah, close to Saudi capital Riyadh, in a hotly-anticipated contest dubbed “Clash on the Dunes”.

Ruiz said, “We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true.

“Of course I want more though – I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.”

Joshua said he was “comfortable” and “very relaxed” ahead of the rematch.

“I am just going to win. I know I can do it,” Joshua said.

“I was this close last time, so next time I won’t mess up,” he added.

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Zamfara Governor Threatens To Punish Anyone Caught Desecrating Qur’an

mar, 2019-12-03 01:14


 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has called on the people of the state especially Muslims to pray to Allah to bring his wrath upon those abusing the Holy Qur’an.

Matawalle made the call on Monday in Gusau, the state capital, during the opening of the state chapter of the 2019 Qur’anic recitation competition, Musabaka, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said, “This prayer is necessary because the perpetrators are committing a high level of immorality and their provocation and sin can cause a lot of problem to us as citizens.

“So we should pray so that Allah’s punishment will not affect the innocent.

“At our level as a government, I have set up an investigative committee and anyone found to have had a hand in it, however highly placed in the society, will be punished as prescribed by Islamic laws.” 

 

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Policeman Kills Truck Driver In Ondo Over Alleged Bribe

mar, 2019-12-03 00:14


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A yet to be identified policeman in Ondo State has shot dead a truck driver.

SaharaReporters learnt that the policeman was one of the officers manning a checkpoint at Uso Junction in Owo Local Council Area of the state.

But several sources revealed to our correspondent in Akure that the driver, who was moving some vehicles to Abuja had some disagreement with the armed policemen on the road.

"The driver was moving some vehicles on his truck on the road and I think he was going to Lokoja or Abuja.

"Immediately he got to the checkpoint, the policemen asked him to ‘settle’ them but this led to a serious disagreement

"Before we knew it, they tried to drag him down from the vehicle but he refused and one of the policemen shot him on the forehead.

"They killed the man and ran away," one of the sources said.

The gruesome killing of the truck driver was said to have led to a protest by some angry youths in the area, who mobilised and blocked roads in the area for hours.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday night.

He said the truck driver was shot dead by around 1:00pm at the check point.

According to Joseph, the defaulting policeman will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said, "The Ondo State Police Command regrets the unfortunate incident leading to the death of a truck driver whose identity is not yet known.

"The deceased was allegedly shot and killed by one of our men who was on duty with others at about 1:00pm at a point in Uso via Owo.

"The Command condemns this barbaric and gruesome murder in its entirety while we commiserate with the family of the deceased.”

Joseph added that Commissioner of Police in the state has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

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BREAKING: Messi Defeats Van Dijk, Ronaldo To Win 2019 Ballon D'Or

lun, 2019-12-02 23:46


 

Argentine football maestro, Lionel Messi, has won the 2019 Ballon d'Or award.

The event, which took place in Paris, France on Monday, attracted some of the biggest stars in football.

The latest feat brings Messi’s total of the prestigious award to six Ballon d'Or – one more than closest rival – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi had earlier in the year won the FIFA player of the year award ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Ronaldo.

The skillful Argentine is regarded by some as the greatest player football had seen and with Monday’s win, he further reinforces that reputation. 

 

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Take It Back Movement Raises The Alarm Over Alleged Plans To Assassinate Sowore In Prison

lun, 2019-12-02 23:30


 

The Take It Back Movement has raised the alarm over what it describes as plans by the Department of State Services to assassinate pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement on Monday, Director-General of TIB, Joshua Adeoye, said it had information that the government planned to surround Sowore in prison with hardened criminals, who will do the regime's bidding to kill him in exchange for their freedom.

Femi Falana (SAN), who is Sowore's lawyer, on Sunday raised the alarm over a request filed by the DSS at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to transfer Sowore to prison.

Adeoye said, “The ultimate aim of the plan is to have Sowore attacked, assaulted, and poisoned in prison.

“The planned transfer ensures that Sowore will be surrounded by a den of hardened criminals amenable to the government’s bidding while in prison.

“As Sowore would no longer be in the custody of the DSS, the government and the DSS are seeking plausible deniability by blaming “unnamed prisoners” for the planned attack.

“Trusted sources with conscience within the ranks of the government and its security agencies made it known that this plan had been hatched and is now being expedited because all overtures to Sowore to keep quiet about the failures of the Buhari government upon release had failed.

“Our sources also revealed that with all the international attention that had followed Sowore’s illegal abduction and incarceration, the DSS would prefer that the plan not be carried out in their custody.

“This must not be allowed to happen. Nigeria is a democracy and Buhari must not be allowed to silence valuable voices of dissent and accountability, dragging us back to the dark days of his dictatorship.

“The Buhari government must be aware that it will be held responsible for any harm or otherwise that comes to Sowore.”

 

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Flooding: Ekiti To Dredge 18,000 Metres Of Water Channels

lun, 2019-12-02 23:24


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The Ekiti State Government has resolved to dredge over 18,000 metres of water bodies at a contract value at N334m to reduce the havoc caused by flooding.

Parts of the state were ravaged by water in 2019 and the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, said the state was determined to prevent a reoccurrence.

He said, “Areas to be dredged include; Obala-Balemo-Elemi, Ita Eko-poly Road-Eminrin, Omisanjana-Ureje-133kva, Awajin-Ureje Road and Ireakari-Ilawe Road totalling 18,500 metres and at the cost of N195m and is to be delivered within 12 weeks.”

Speaking further, the commissioner said due to persistent flooding, which hit Ikere-Ekiti this year, the government would dredge Osun Stream Channel, construct a concrete channel at the Temidire section of the town and reconstruct a fallen culvert at Ajolagun, Vanguard reports.


 

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Court Adjourns Hearing In Ofili-Ajumogobia’s Case To February

lun, 2019-12-02 23:07


A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday stayed proceedings until February 6, 2020 in the alleged money laundering trial of embattled Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.

Justice Mohammed Aikawa said that he will stay proceedings to await the outcome of a letter to the Chief Judge of the court seeking a re-assignment of the case.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charged Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, on 18 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering.

The defendants were re-arraigned on May 15 and had both pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge.

The court had granted them bail in the sum of N10m each with two sureties in like sum.

During the commencement of the case, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) had appeared for the first defendant, while Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN) had appeared for the second defendant.

When the case was called on Monday, Mr U.U Buhari appeared for the prosecution while Mobolaji Kuti and Ferdinard Orbih (SAN) appeared for the first and second defendants respectively.

Buhari then informed the court that the prosecution was ready to proceed with trial. See Also Legal Ajumogobia Money Laundering Case: Court To Deliver Judgment On Preliminary Objection 0 Comments 5 Months Ago

But Orbih informed the court that the defence had written a letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on November 14 in relation to the instant case, while on November 26 it took further steps to notify the court of its action.

The said letter seeks a re-assignment of the case.

He then urged the court in the circumstance to grant a time frame to enable the CJ arrive at a decision one way or the other in respect of the letter.

EFCC alleged that the duo conspired on May 21, 2014 to indirectly conceal different sums of money in the Diamond Bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd, a company alleged to be operated by Ofili-Ajumogobia.

They were alleged to have conspired to retain in same account the sum of N500m, which they both reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of unlawful acts of unlawful enrichment.

The EFCC also accused Ofili-Ajumogobia of indirectly concealing the sum of N12m in the same account, and making false statement to the anti-graft agency that the money was payment for sale of a landed property.

The alleged offences contravenes the provisions of Sections 15 (2) (a) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

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Military Curriculum Not Effective Enough In Fighting Terrorism

lun, 2019-12-02 23:05


The curriculum applied by the military in the fight against terror groups in North-East Nigeria has received a thumbs down from a researcher at the National Defence College.

In a briefing ahead of his book launch, Doctor Yusuf Mahmud said that the Nigerian Army needs a syllabus that encompasses intelligence gathering and prevention.

Mahmud also told the Nigerian Government to intensify its soft power approach by engaging families and religious leaders in places where military might had been used to subdue the terrorists.

He said, “Another key important issue is government security forces. I am not saying that they are not doing well, but I am saying that they need some new form of training.

“If possible, the military institution will start having a robust curriculum in preventing and countering violent extremism so that they will be able to understand the dynamics and the drivers and some of the issues they have to put in front in the cause of trying to counter violent extremism.

“My advice to government is that, if we must move forward in this, as much as I believe that the hard power approach is still very relevant but when we have been able to contain escalation of violence, we should now try to identify the various individual families and members of the religious group, sit with them and ask them very pertinent questions on the way forward and not we bringing solutions and giving to them, those solutions cannot give what they want.”

While arguing for the regulation of public preaching, Mahmud maintained that would-be terrorists are ignorant of the cause they intend to commit their life to.

He added, “Ignorance is basically the driver of violent extremism.

“Most of those that get into this are totally ignorant of what they are saying they are pursuing.

“The academic, who has spent two decades in the NDC, also advanced the possibility of free sex as a motivation to join terror groups like Boko Haram.

“Sex is a major factor that drives insurgents and that is why girl’s secondary school has become their targets. 

“Any time military overruns the camps of the insurgents, you find out packets of condoms and enhancing drugs.” 

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CACOL Cautions DSS Against Moving Sowore, Bakare To Prison

lun, 2019-12-02 22:37


 

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has urged the Nigerian Government against transferring Omoyele Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, from the detention of the Department of State Services to prison.

Lead counsel of Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN), had alleged that the government was making plans to move his clients to prison custody.

Reacting to the report, CACOL said it was worrisome that on two separate occasions, the accused were granted bail by the same court government paraded them before.

In a statement by National Coordinator of the Centre, Mr Debo Adeniran, and signed by its Coordinator, Media and Publications, Adegboyega Otunuga, CACOL stated that the non-compliance with court orders to release Sowore and Bakare does not portend a good omen for Nigeria’s democracy or international image.

Adeniran said, “As a partner in the quest for deepening our democracy and fostering good governance, we hereby call for immediate respect for the judicial pronouncement on the accused by their release.

“We agree with the argument of their lawyers and the general opinion that the request of the DSS for the appearance of their sureties at its headquarters for their onward release was an afterthought and has no precedent in law.

“It is our belief that the accused were only motivated by the subsisting and existential economic conditions prevalent and had no intention or record of violent disruption of government.

“It is for this that we advise an immediate and fence-mending approach that would restore dignity and respect to governance while critical efforts must be made towards redressing age-old situation that has made Nigeria to hibernate between a workable federation to a troubled contraption.”

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NUC Exposes 100 Fake University Professors In Nigeria

lun, 2019-12-02 21:35


 

Around 100 fake professors have been unearthed by the National Universities Commission in Nigeria, according to the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed.

Rasheed said that details of the fake professors had been posted on the NUC website and the commission had to send the names to the various universities for verification. 

This was contained in a recent bulletin of NUC, a report by Daily Sun said. 

The NUC boss disclosed that the updated version of those documents would be published by December 2019 and that professors in their respective universities were made to upload their resume on the website which was used in the compilation of the directory and helped identify fake ones in the system.

He encouraged  vice chancellors to have accurate statistics of staff, students and other components in their respective universities. 

Rasheed stressed that the fight against fake professors was a collective responsibility, adding that lecturers were no longer permitted to teach in more than two universities, while minimum teaching of eight hours should be enforced.

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Why N60bn Bayelsa Airport Is Yet To Commence Flight Operations –NCAA

lun, 2019-12-02 21:14


 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said that the inability of the Bayelsa State Government to fully fence the recently commissioned Bayelsa Airport was responsible for its non-certification by the authority.

Recall that the airport was opened for flight operations earlier in the year with fanfare but since the inaugural flight landed, the airport had remained shut to flight services.

The Bayelsa Government had said in February that it cost it about N60bn to construct the airport and promised to change the face of airport operations with its opening.

But Acting Director General of NCAA, Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, told journalists on Monday that apart from the perimeter fencing, the aerodrome was good for flight operations.

He however, said that until the perimeter fencing were adequately erected by the government, the regulatory authority would not give it certification to commence operations, adding that security would not be compromised by the agency.

He insisted that the non-approval was not political but purely for reasons.

He said, “After I did my own investigation, perimeter fencing was number one requirement for airports safety, when I asked the Bayelsa Government, they said they had not finished the perimeter fencing, they had done 60-80 per cent but that is not acceptable.

"So, perimeter fencing is what is remaining for Bayelsa Airport, there is no politics about it, it is a requirement based on safety."

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JUST IN: Court Grants Labinjo N10m Bail

lun, 2019-12-02 20:12


Dada Labinjo in court today.

Dada Labinjo in court today. SaharaReporters Media

 

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday granted N10m bail to a naval captain, Dada Labinjo, said to have been in a naval underground detention for over a year.

Justice Muslim Hassan ordered Labinjo to produce one surety, who must own a landed property in Lagos and must show evidence of three-year tax payment.

However, the judge ordered that Labinjo be released to his lawyer, Jerry Omoregie, pending when he would meet the bail conditions within 15 days.

The lawyer was directed to submit his Certificate of Call to Bar to the court’s registrar as a guarantee that he would produce his client for trial.

The bail followed Labinjo’s arraignment alongside others on two counts of dealing in petroleum products without lawful authority.

Among the other defendants was Labinjo’s wife, Bola, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told the court that the defendants conspired among themselves between August and October 2018 to deal in Automobile Gas Oil without appropriate licence, a report by PUNCH said.

According to the EFCC, the defendants committed the offence “within the Nigerian maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea.”

The prosecution said they acted contrary to sections 3(6) and 1((19)(a)(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Revised Edition) 2004, and were liable to be punished under Section 1(17) of the same Act.

But they pleaded not guilty.

The other defendants were admitted to bail in terms similar to Labinjo’s.

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Hate Speech Bill: There Must Be Penalty For “Insensitive” Posts –Keyamo

lun, 2019-12-02 19:52


 

Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, has said that there must be consequences for people, who post "insensitive" contents on the Internet.

Revealing his support for the Hate Speech Bill in a series of tweets on Monday, Keyamo said activists, who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media should stop blocking people that irritate them on such platforms.

He said, “Those so-called overnight social media ‘activists’ who oppose the Social Media Bill should first stop blocking those who irritate them with insults, unblock all those they have blocked and apologise to them.

“You can’t be intolerant and ask others to be. Practice what you preach.

“Some cannot differentiate the Social Media Bill from the Hate Speech Bill.

“Whilst no reasonable person will support death sentence for hate speech, you can’t come online to say something totally untrue that can put other lives in danger without some kind of penal consequence.

“The real agitation should be for parliament, in line with S.36(12) of the 1999 constitution to clearly define the types of false and insensitive posts that would attract penal consequences, so that government doesn’t abuse it. But to leave everyone to just post anything is unacceptable.”

 

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Nothing Wrong In Building Transportation University In Daura –Amaechi

lun, 2019-12-02 19:47


 

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that he has no regrets siting the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State.

Amaechi said this during the commissioning of the university in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said, “When we sited a factory at Kajola, there was no noise, nobody debated about it, nobody abused us for it unlike the site for the university.

“Daura is in Nigeria, it is not in any other part of the world. It is not in Niger Republic, Biafra or Mali, it is in Nigeria. So, what is wrong in siting the University of Transportation in Daura?

“I have no regret siting this university where I have sited it, it is not because I want to get any gain.”

 

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JUST IN: Court Orders Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Ilorin Houses To Government

lun, 2019-12-02 19:07


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday secured an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos for the forfeiture of two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State, belonging to a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The EFCC told the court it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011, when Saraki was the governor of the state, according to a report by PUNCH.

Based on an ex parte application filed by the EFCC pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s two properties designated as Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State.

An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq, said in an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application that the move for the forfeiture of the houses followed the findings of the EFCC after investigation and “the report of a committee set up to review sales of Kwara State Government during the reign of the Governor of Kwara State in the year 2003 and 2011”.

He said the EFCC also received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011”.

Sadiq said, “Whilst the investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered.

“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others.

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m will be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100m, same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House.”

The EFCC said it believed that Saraki developed the two properties with proceeds of unlawful activities.

Counsel for the commission, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, urged Justice Aikawa to order their temporary forfeiture to the Federal Government.

After granting the order as prayed, Justice Aikawa directed the EFCC to publish the temporary forfeiture order in a national newspaper and adjourned till December 17 for anyone interested in the properties to appear before him to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the FG.

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Sowore Is Our Benefactor, Not A Criminal –Ondo Students

lun, 2019-12-02 19:05


A group of students in Ondo State have taken to the streets to protest the continued detention of the pro-democracy activist and Publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services.

The students, under the platform of the National Association of Kiribo Students, said that the continued detention of Sowore should be rejected by all lovers of Nigeria.

The protesters marched all the way to Idepe Town under Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state, chanting songs of solidarity and calling for the immediate release of Sowore, who had made scholarship offers available to them over the years.

According to the students, the recent declaration of Sowore and Olawale Bakare as "prisoners of conscience" by Amnesty International, has showed that the pro-democracy activist was being recognised globally as one of the few Africans that have demonstrated doggedness.

Spokesperson for the protesting students, Samuel Irinyemi, told SaharaReporters that many of them benefiting from Sowore's scholarship programme had continued to feel his continued detention.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey court orders by mandating the security agency to release Sowore to his family.

Irinyemi, “We are just a few of the many students benefiting directly from Omoyele Sowore's scholarship foundation in Ondo State.

"We are sad that our brother and great benefactor was arrested and had since been detained by the DSS over frivolous charges. Sowore is not a criminal because we know his history very well.

“This is a man that placed many of us on scholarship with his personal money and made it possible for us to have education.

“I have been benefiting from his kind gesture for close to five years now.

"So, we are not happy about his continued detention despite court orders granting his release.

"We are pleading with President Buhari to release Sowore from the detention of the DSS.

“Sowore that we know is a freedom fighter and he means well for Nigeria as a country.”

Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Buhari.

The government is accusing him of insulting Buhari and planning to topple his regime through the planned protests.

Despite two orders by the Federal High Court, Abuja, directing the DSS to release him on bail since that period, the activist has remained in government detention, attracting condemnation from around the world. 

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Lagos Court Orders Seizure Of Emirates Aircraft Over N8m Debt

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday ordered the seizure of an aircraft belonging to Emirates Airline over an N8.1m judgment debt, according to BusinessDay.

The order followed a motion filed by Charles Mekwunye seeking the enforcement of a Supreme Court judgment in a suit between Promise Mekwunye and the airline.

Granting the reliefs sought by Mekwunye, Justice Mohammed Liman held that, “It is accordingly ordered that an attachment is hereby issued on the judgment debtor’s aircraft registered as ‘A6 Aircraft Type 77W EK: 783/784’, or any other aircraft belonging to the judgment debtor, which flies into Nigeria Territory, to be arrested and detained until the judgment debt is fully paid.

“If there is default after 30 days, the aircraft shall be auctioned to satisfy the judgment debt.”

The judge also ordered that Emirates Airline to bear the cost of maintenance and custody of the detained aircraft

Mekwunye, who was then a student of North Texas University, Denton, Texas, United States, had in 2008 dragged the airline to court for refusal of her two-way flight ticket from Dallas to Nigeria and back for no reason and for also refusing to fully refund the cost of the American Airline ticket she bought for her return trip to Nigeria.

She claimed that the airline offered no reason for its action, leaving her stranded for days at the airport until she was able to secure a more expensive flight ticket on a longer route to Lagos.

In a judgment delivered on November 15, 2010, the Federal High Court in Lagos held that the refusal of Emirates Airline to carry Mekwunye amounted to a breach of contract of carriage.

Consequently, the court ordered a full refund of the ticket without any deduction or charge and further granted N2.5m in general damages and N250,000 in legal costs against the airline.

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